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New Year 2018 was heralded by cold, wet weather, which unfortunately was reflected in the heat (or lack of) in our Hall. The heating is out of our control, but the talk by Pat Archibald was hot and steamy bringing us in a journey around Ghana and illustrating how items which we casually discard can be made into objects of beauty.
Pat Archibald, a quilter of international repute, was co-owner of Scotland’s first dedicated patchwork and quilting shop, which she subsequently sold, has taught specialist textile classes to students from far and wide. She has had her wonderful work widely exhibited in the UK, Europe and in the USA, in addition to which she has travelled far and wide, garnering ideas and discovering craft makers. Recently she led a textile holiday to Vietnam. Her history into quilting is documented on her website.
We were fascinated with Pat’s travels in Ghana, she brought to life the craftspeople in different parts of the country, with a variety of skills. Weavers, dyers-of-fabric, people who stamped blocks on fabric to make intricate patterns, glass bead makers, brass beads makers, and potters amongst others.
The photos which she generously shared showed a great many very happy smiling people, justifiable proud of their inspiring work in creating high quality items from virtually nothing.
Pat fullfilled her promise to transport us to “far flung places”.
She demonstrated how artists and craftworkers in underprivileged parts of the world combine their resourcefulness with what is available to them locally to produce fabulous textiles and artworks.